Drugs and vaccines are under the spotlight lately as countries and pharmaceutical companies are making every endeavor in order to get the world back to normal as soon as possible. Began in the mid-1800s, the modern pharmaceutical industry came a long way in discovering and manufacturing different medication and vaccine to safeguard mankind health. Some old names are still the leaders in the industry with their innovative ideas.
Johnson & Johnson
Johnson & Johnson is a household name with well-known consumer products such as Band-aid, Johnson’s Baby shampoo, Neutrogena and so on. In fact, the multinational pharmaceutical giant, founded by three brothers in 1886, is the first company to mass-produce sterile surgical supplies. A successful line of brands is the major element contributing to Johnson & Johnson’s success. The pharmaceutical giant offers wide range of products which can be categorised into three major divisions, consumer products, pharmaceuticals as well as medical and diagnostic devices. From skin care products, over-the-counter drugs to knee implants and catheters, the company’s products are now sold in 175 countries and operate in more than 60 nations.
Founded by two German immigrants to the US in 1849, Pfizer seised the opportunity to expand its production for painkillers and antiseptics during the American Civil War. Pfizer’s scientists pioneered mould fermentation production of citric acid and their deep tank fermentation development enabled the mass production of penicillin for use in WWII. Standing as a pharmaceutical leader in the industry, Pfizer wins the COVID vaccine race in the US, launching an innovative mRNA vaccine with high effectiveness. Collaborated with BioNTech which contributes multiple mRNA vaccine candidates, Pfizer provides its leading global vaccine clinical research and development, manufacturing and distribution infrastructure for the vaccine program. Within a year since the outbreak of the virus, Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is the first to receive emergency validation from the US government and the WHO for emergency use.
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Founded in 1896, Roche from very early on was known for producing various vitamin preparations and derivatives, especially for the production of Vitamin C. The company later discovered and manufactured multiple drugs that were used extensively, including the first tranquilisers and widely-used anti-depressants. Among all, the biggest achievement of Roche has been the phenomenal discovery of the anti-HIV drug which dramatically reduced the death toll of AIDS victims in just a year. With the company culture of “celebrating failure is the key to success”, the scientists have developed many innovative medicines throughout the years, especially in cancer treatments, making the company an industry leader in oncology.
To prevent a future crisis and to improve the entire spectrum of healthcare, the pharmaceutical industry has been developing new tools and drugs with the help of advanced technologies. Hopefully their continuous contribution in public health could make medicines more affordable and incurable diseases treatable in the future.